This year the annual Spring Training Workshop took place on Saturday April 2, 2011. About 50 volunteers attended this event, dedicating their afternoon to learn about the various monitoring protocols and procedures that are in use by URBAN. The Marsh Monitoring Program (MMP) protocol, used for wetland bird and amphibian surveys, was explained, and the Volunteer Aquatic Plant Survey (VAPS) pilot project was introduced. We presented our stream sampling program, which includes sampling water quality and benthic invertebrates at local streams as a group throughout the spring. This multifaceted approach to monitoring local sites allows us to obtain an idea of the health of these local ecosystems.
After a short course in ecological monitoring, volunteers were led on an excursion into Cootes Paradise for an example of a MMP bird survey. The Spring Training Workshop concluded after the Cootes Paradise excursion, and the volunteers had the chance to ask questions and sign up for the activities they were interested in. Below are a few pictures of the workshop.
We had a great field season in 2010 with some wonderful volunteers. To show our appreciation, we are hosting a Year-End Reception on Dec 9, 2010 where we will be releasing the results of our hard work to the community. This is also a good opportunity to express your interest in participating in the program next summer. Hopefully we will see you there!
Directions by bus to URBAN Event